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#1 jim1174 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 5, 2017 3:53 AM

What do you think is the best size CRT TV for playing pre nes games ? if you didn't own one and wanted to purchase one what size would you buy ?



#2 BydoEmpire OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 5, 2017 4:11 AM

I prefer smaller TVs so you can more easily take everythind into your visual field at once and not have to sit too close or too far.  19" is about the sweet spot for me, give or take.  I think right now i'm using one 13" and one 20" but it's been a while and I might be misremembering.



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Posted Tue Dec 5, 2017 4:21 AM

For me, it's at least a 25" set in my current living setup. Anything else is too small with how I have things organized.



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Posted Tue Dec 5, 2017 5:18 AM

I'm growing on the 20".  Using a 27", I simply can't process that screen as much, fast enough.  Using a 20", I'm finding it way more enjoyable.  That's on me personally due to my brain injury and how slower I can process information vs. how it was before the injury.  I'm sitting about 5ft away.



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Posted Tue Dec 5, 2017 5:50 AM

I almost think 12-14 inch is the ideal size.  >20 inches is really nice if the console you're using is s-video or component, but I've noticed that composite on a CRT that big really shows the blurriness of that signal, but on a smaller set, composite artifacts aren't very noticeable, plus s-video and component look just as sharp.. 



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Posted Tue Dec 5, 2017 6:47 AM

I use a 32" and never have any issues taking it all in, sitting 4-5 feet away. I have a 20" also that works well.



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Posted Tue Dec 5, 2017 6:51 AM

13"-20" for me as well, as I've got systems near their respective screens. Anything larger where your eyes have to wander, ends up fatiguing.

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Posted Tue Dec 5, 2017 7:55 PM

Between 13 - 19 for me

 

2 things

 

Size

My Lower Back



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Posted Tue Dec 5, 2017 8:19 PM

I went from a 19" to a 27" and there is no going back. I did get a nice wega Trinitron SD though so I'm pretty spoiled. I love the size, I do notice the detail shows up much more so you do see the block pixels the bigger you get but I like that effect. Maybe if it was using a bigger screen the pixel look may be too much.



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Posted Tue Dec 5, 2017 8:48 PM

We had a huge 50 inch Mitsubishi crt long time ago.  Wish it still worked.  Threw it out after it broke.  All I have now is a rca 19 inches.  And Toshiba 13" tv/VCR combo.



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Posted Tue Dec 5, 2017 8:57 PM

The size you can hide under your jacket when the boss comes by. :)

 

I prefer the 13" myself.



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Posted Wed Dec 6, 2017 5:45 AM

I use a 19" and 13-19" is what I grew up with. Of course, you can adjust your distance to taste, so whatever size you get should be good. Just know bigger = heavier, which shouldn't matter, till it comes to moving it. I finally gave away my 27" rca, which I loved, because it required two people to move it, was huge, and a pita.

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Posted Wed Dec 6, 2017 6:59 AM

I was always under the belief that the common average sized CRT for the time the system would have hit the market was basically the best size.  If I remember right your average was around 20" in the mid80s with the NES/Colecovision/SMS era stuff.  They were a bit larger on average around the 89-91 window of SNES/TG/Gen so maybe 25~" about then.  The resolutions on the games slowly ticked up towards that wall the CRT had then and more detail was packed into such space too and a larger screen would show it more than a smaller.



#14 keepdreamin OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 6, 2017 8:44 AM

I don't know Jim, what size TV do you like?

#15 Jin ONLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 6, 2017 9:53 AM

I like TVs around 20" myself. Smaller than that and I have to sit closer than I'd like to the TV to see everything clearly, and larger than that and my back doesn't like having to move it. :lol:



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Posted Wed Dec 6, 2017 10:43 AM

Funny to hear so many people bitch and moan about the weight of TV's all the time. Yes, they can be very heavy, but_you_set_it_in_its_place_and_leave_it_be for years and years and years. Some of you constantly on the move or what?



#17 keepdreamin OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 6, 2017 10:52 AM

Why do Jim's threads read like preemptive drop down lists of Google questions? :lol:

Edited by keepdreamin, Wed Dec 6, 2017 10:53 AM.


#18 Jin ONLINE  

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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 2:21 AM

Funny to hear so many people bitch and moan about the weight of TV's all the time. Yes, they can be very heavy, but_you_set_it_in_its_place_and_leave_it_be for years and years and years. Some of you constantly on the move or what?     :lol:


I can't speak for everyone, but in my case I'm always hunting for nicer CRTs on Craigslist and it seems like I upgrade to a new TV every couple years. Hauling them back home, lugging them up and down flights of stairs, then finally getting them set up on the stand is no fun when they get larger and heavier than 20" or so. Not to mention having to carry the old TV out to the curb after setting up the new one.

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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 3:07 AM

I can't speak for everyone, but in my case I'm always hunting for nicer CRTs on Craigslist and it seems like I upgrade to a new TV every couple years.


Why are you doing this? CRTs aren't some kind of rare, mythical beasts. Find the best one first, then you don't need to waste time and effort "upgrading" every few years.



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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 3:39 AM

Why are you doing this? CRTs aren't some kind of rare, mythical beasts. Find the best one first, then you don't need to waste time and effort "upgrading" every few years.


In my experience the tubes in even the best ones (like the Sony KV-20FS120 WEGA Trinitron that I currently use) are now old enough that they don't last more than a few years when given 20 to 30 hours of use per week. My current is still looking pretty good so I'll probably get another couple years out of it, but trying to read any text on the screen is starting to become an exercise in squinting so I know it'll need replacing at some point.

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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 4:29 AM

In my experience the tubes in even the best ones (like the Sony KV-20FS120 WEGA Trinitron that I currently use) are now old enough that they don't last more than a few years when given 20 to 30 hours of use per week.

 

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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 6:54 AM

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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 8:16 AM

Figured with all the purported lifting, that some might have accidentally developed some of these along the way. :lol:

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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 8:42 AM

Funny to hear so many people bitch and moan about the weight of TV's all the time. Yes, they can be very heavy, but_you_set_it_in_its_place_and_leave_it_be for years and years and years. Some of you constantly on the move or what?

Well, sonny, it's just that when you get to my age, have two bad knees and the "spine of an 80 year old", you tend to vividly recall the experience of single-handedly carrying a 100+ lb., 32" CRT TV up a flight of stairs and across the house.

 

 

...I said I was older, not smarter.



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Posted Thu Dec 7, 2017 8:45 AM

Maybe I'm a bit crabby this morning so don't take offense OP but this is a dumb question. The size depends on how far away your sitting from the TV.

 

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